Warminster Osteopathic Clinic
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Warminster Osteopathic Clinic
4 Station Road ● Warminster
Wiltshire ● BA12 9BR
01985 213927 www.facebook.com/WarminsterClinic
Company registered in England & Wales 05751974
Copyright © Warminster Osteopathic Clinic 2016
What is osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment designed to identify and treat the causes of pain within the musculo-skeletal system of the body. A gentle form of treatment, osteopathy can benefit most types of aches, pains and strains in people of every age.
Who recognises osteopathy?
Osteopathy is the first complementary therapy to have undergone statutory regulation by Parliament. This gives an osteopath similar status to a doctor or dentist and guarantees a patient the equivalent high level of protection.
How does osteopathy work?
An osteopath will have undergone an extensive, four year, degree level course, including in-depth study of the anatomy, physiology and pathology of the body. This knowledge enables an osteopath to analyse your symptoms and diagnose your problems using a variety of clinical skills, backed up, where necessary, by x-rays and other tests.
During the examination you may be asked to perform a variety of movements in different positions to allow a full assessment of muscle and joint interaction and their likely impact on the rest of the body’s structures.
Your nerves and circulation may also need to be evaluated by using traditional medical techniques. Sometimes you may be referred back to your GP for further tests or to a hospital consultant for their opinion.
When a full diagnosis has been made your osteopath will explain the problem and then suggest a treatment plan.
Your initial consultation, examination and treatment will typically take between 45 minutes and 1 hour with follow up treatments usually lasting 25 to 30 minutes. Treatment is often gentle and may involve a combination of soft tissue massage, rhythmic stretching and joint manipulations to adjust or improve function and to promote recovery of any damaged tissue.
Treatment aims to re-establish or improve the natural balance that should exist in all our bodies, whether disturbance to this has occurred through development, injury, disease or misuse.
Your treatment may involve exercises to retrain or strengthen specific areas of the body, and advice on how to minimise the risk of recurrence.
What about my doctor?
Since statutory regulation, osteopathic treatment has been recognised by the medical profession. In many cases you will be recommended to an osteopath by your GP. Osteopathic treatment, like dentistry, can be given independently or in conjunction with your doctor. It is therefore not necessary to see your doctor before you consult an osteopath, although if you are unsure about it, you may wish to discuss it with them first.
In the same way that you visit your dentist to reduce the chance of serious dental problems, regular checks with your osteopath allow potential problems to be detected and treated before they develop. Many patients who have been treated for painful conditions benefit from checks every few months. Preventative treatment, exercises and advice can be a worthwhile investment in your long term health and comfort.
What do osteopaths treat?
Here are just a few of the many conditions that can be treated successfully by an osteopath:
Back and neck pain
Affecting four out of five people at some time in their lives, back pain (often referred to as lumbago) is the most common complaint treated by osteopaths. In many cases, back pain is caused by over-straining or overloading the structural components in the back. This may involve muscles, ligaments, nerves and joints. Most cases, whilst painful, are not serious if treated promptly.
This term applies to irritation of the sciatic nerve that supplies the leg. However, the term is often used to describe any pain in the leg, whatever the cause, whether it is related to circulation, pain referred from a back injury, trauma or nerve irritation. An osteopath can usually successfully identify and treat the most common causes of sciatica.
Joint and muscle strain
Osteopaths are often associated with treating back pain. However their special skills include the ability to identify and treat the causes of pain in any part of the body, including the hips, legs, knees, ankles, feet, wrists, elbows, shoulders, arms and ribs.
Osteopathic treatment can benefit sports men and women at all levels. If you are eager to get back to your sport quickly after injury, or have a problem that is preventing you from performing at your best, osteopathic treatment can help you reach your peak level of fitness.
Osteopaths can help patients in their rehabilitation, particularly those whose movement has been affected by surgery. Gentle rhythmic stretching and soft tissue manipulation can be invaluable when combined with specific exercises.
Chronic headaches are often a result of neck or shoulder tension. This may be a simple neck problem or secondary to poor posture, compensation for a problem lower down the spine or by activities such as sitting badly at a computer all day. It normally responds well to osteopathic treatment.
Responsible for a great change in posture, pregnancy can cause back pain and discomfort. Many women find gentle osteopathy can bring great relief. Although most osteopaths are not against using medication, osteopathic treatment can help avoid the use of drugs altogether during this important time, and in treating the many low back and pelvic problems that can follow childbirth.
Osteoarthritis is the process of wear and tear associated with aging. Usually symptoms do not start until much later in life, if at all, and normally lead to some restriction in joint movement, together with aches and pains often referred to as rheumatism. Osteopathic treatment cannot reverse the effects of wear and tear on the joint surfaces, but in most cases, can offer relief from pain. Osteopaths can also offer advice on other factors, such as diet, exercise and lifestyle, which may help with long term relief from the symptoms associated with arthritis.
Repetitive strain injury
Also known as RSI, this condition is commonly associated with people who work with computer keyboards for prolonged periods of time, but also includes injuries like “tennis elbow” and “shin splints”. Osteopathic treatment and specific exercise regimes can benefit these conditions, particularly when treated early. Poor posture for prolonged periods of time can be an important factor, in which case a Workplace Assessment may be advised to establish a good working position.